I purchased software from WebCEO on 12th June 2008 using what WebCeo describe as high strength128-bit encryption provided by their merchant SWREG INC.. The entry on my Mastercard statement reads:
Dri*Web Ceo Cardquery.Comus Foreign Amount US Dollar ...
On the same Mastercard statement another ‘mystery’ entry appears on 29th June from the same card processing company Dri* as follows:
Dri*Ca Pac Luxembourg Llu ...A$69.95
Notice there is no foreign currency amount indicated, only the local Australian amount. This entry for A$69.95 is unauthorised and may indicate that a credit card skimming scam is taking place.
The connection between the first legitimate transaction and the second unauthorised, transaction appears to be the card processing company Dri*.
When I purchased the WebCeo software, I thought it was a US company and only discovered after the event that it is a Ukraine-based organisation. Nothing wrong with that, but having spent the last few hours investigating the fraudulent Mastercard debit, I have noticed quite a few comments on the web about scams (including credit card skimming) that can be traced back to the Ukraine. One example can be found at http://www.webceoscams.com.
WebCeo have denied any knowledge of the second transaction, but it seems that because they used Dri* to process my payment, I have now been exposed to a scam that appears to be operating within the Dri*. So much for believing the assurance of ‘high strength encryption’ claimed by WebCeo.
I reported the scam to Mastercard immediately and the card has been blocked and replaced, They say they will take between 5 and 8 weeks to investigate the scam which I find surprising, since many more will fall victim in the meantime.